Photographing the Magic of Tulips, Windmills, and Castles.

Photographing the Magic of Tulips, Windmills, and Castles.

Photographing the Magic of Tulips, Windmills, and Castles.

Postby margaretvb on Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:47 am

Join Van Bulck Photography for an amazing twelve-day photo safari in The Netherlands in April 2010. For twelve amazing days we will explore North and South Holland with our cameras. These are the two provinces on the western side of the country from which The Netherlands gets its nickname “Holland.” In springtime, Holland becomes a feast for the senses. We will spend four days exploring the Keukenhof and the 19-mile Bollenstreek. The Keukenhof is the largest bulb park in the world. It is open only two months each year. It covers almost eighty acres with 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties. There are also daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, and other spring bulbs along 9.3 miles of paths. The Bollenstreek is a 19 mile area of tulip fields between Leiden and Haarlem. This is a true utopia for both landscape and macro photographers.

We will spend a day exploring the town of Delft with its 13th century church and quiet canals. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Porceleyne Fles Factory, probably the most famous of the Delft pottery factories, which dates from 1652. To further develop a sense of place, we will visit old fishing villages, several medieval castles, and a cheese market.

So that we can get the most out of our time in The Netherlands, we will be centrally located outside of Amsterdam in the town of Aalsmeer and travel out from there each day. Holland is a small country and we will only be visiting a fraction of it, so we will be able to minimize our time traveling and have more time to spend photographing the beauty around us. We will have our own private bus and driver to transport us to our various destinations. As such, we will have the flexibility to stop whenever we find a particularly picturesque location.

This trip allows you to do as much or as little walking as you wish. While at places like the Keukenhof, you have the opportunity to walk for miles. Alternatively, everywhere you turn you will find unlimited beauty that you can focus on without walking very far at all. We will also take advantages of a couple of short boat excursions that allow us to see areas we might not see if we depended exclusively on walking. Plenty of time is built into each location so that we can truly work the area with our cameras.

No visit to Holland is complete without windmills. We will, of course, see windmills along the way wherever we go, but we will also spend a full day at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum, where we can explore working windmills. We will also visit the Kinderdijk, a very picturesque area of nineteen windmills, now named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will arrange to be there in the afternoon and stay for the sunset.

We will spend our last day exploring Amsterdam and enjoy a farewell dinner on a canal dinner cruise.

The group size will be limited to twelve. Our bus is designed to transport sixteen people, so we should have ample space for ourselves and our gear.

This trip is designed for photographers of all levels. Individuals will receive as much or as little assistance and instruction as they wish. Lectures on composition, exposure, white balance, processing with Photoshop and other topics requested by the group will be included for those interested in that instruction. Each participant will receive individual critiques of his or her work.

The cost of the trip is $3695, double occupancy, with $500 single supplement if available. This includes ten nights in our hotel in Aalsmeer, daily breakfast buffet, a welcome dinner at our hotel the first evening, our farewell dinner and cruise in Amsterdam, local guides in Amsterdam, Delft, Alkmaar, Marken and Volendam, and an hour and a half introductory tour of the Keukenhof, as well as boat trips in the Keukenhof and on Lisse Lake. Also included are entrance fees to the Keukenhof two days, the Anne Frank house and the Rijksmuseum, and a canal trip during the day in Amsterdam. Transfers back to Schiphol Airport on May 2 are also included.

Not included are airfare, transfers from the airport to the hotel, any other entrance fees and meals not listed above, and tips for the local guides and bus drivers.

A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. $1700 is due by January 15. The balance is due February 20. Trip insurance is strongly recommended, as refunds cannot be given unless someone else is found to fill your space.

Contact Margaret van Bulck Smith at or (803) 491-7791. This trip is certain to fill quickly as the group size will be very small to allow for individual attention and flexibility.
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Re: Photographing the Magic of Tulips, Windmills, and Castles.

Postby jamesfc on Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:43 am

If you have ever studied the Dutch master painters such as Vermeer - you will understand the absolutely incredible light found in Holland. This is a location every serious photographer should visit at least once!
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Re: Photographing the Magic of Tulips, Windmills, and Castles.

Postby aprillove20 on Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:09 pm

i guess im to late for this good news. i hope there will be other moment same ask these.
hoping i could join the the forces someday. thanks for sharing this wonderful message to us.
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Re: Photographing the Magic of Tulips, Windmills, and Castles.

Postby ericwatson on Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:34 pm

Hey! margaretvb you provide some good information about the trip to Holland. I think it is a safari trip but sounds that i am too late to reach here. I also like the safari photography. This types of activities make me more creative in photography. Anyway Thank you dear for sharing it with us.
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